How US utility companies are exploring new digital apps

Digital transformation has begun to impact the industrial sector where maintaining security is a high priority. According to the findings from a recent survey of U.S. based utility companies, 40 percent of respondents believe that data security is the leading barrier to the adoption of new digital technologies.

However, it's clearly a barrier that can be overcome, with 64 percent of large utility organizations expressing a willingness to adopt innovative technologies - such as Internet of Things (IoT),...

By David H. Deans, 17 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Industry, Innovation, IoT.

Why cryptocurrency daily trading is now exceeding $2 billion

Much of the initial interest in cryptocurrencies centered around their potential as alternatives to fiat currencies. Increasingly, however, attention has shifted to the potential of the technology that underpins them: blockchain.

A clear indication of blockchain’s increasing maturity is the extent to which an industry that was once the preserve of fintech start-ups is now being driven by leading IT platform providers -- many of whom are developing their own offerings.

Blockchain market development

A...

By David H. Deans, 19 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation.

Exploring top smart city projects in the United States

Smart city projects have gained momentum over the last decade, as more municipalities across North America have launched a wide variety of digital transformation initiatives. That said, some cities have achieved significant outcomes that enable them to improve services for citizens.

Los Angeles, New York and Chicago are the smartest cities in the United States, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Cities were evaluated across various metrics such as deployment of LED streetlights, smart...

By David H. Deans, 11 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

The upside for network function virtualisation apps in Asia

Telecom service providers in the Asia-Pacific region are actively virtualising their network architecture. A flurry of new applications development is driven by open source communities - such as OPNFV and ONAP - as well as from individual efforts by telcos.

According to the latest market study by ABI Research, the network function virtualization (NFV) market in the Asia-Pacific region will grow to $9.24 billion in 2022.

NFV market development in Asia Pacific

Japan is the largest single market within the...

By David H. Deans, 25 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Networks, NFV.

Why virtual reality apps are gaining momentum in the B2B space

Expect to see more announcements about business video applications for new emerging technologies, throughout the remainder of 2017 and beyond. This growth will span across numerous industries.

Virtual reality (VR) is often viewed through the lens of consumer-driven gaming, but in a recent B2B technology survey of 455 U.S.-based companies across nine vertical markets, ABI Research finds that while only 4 percent of respondents have VR in operation, 85 percent are at least in the stages of early...

By David H. Deans, 18 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Content, Entertainment.

The technology, media and telecom 2017 M&A deal update

U.S. West Coast technology companies are expected to remain the driving targets for M&A transactions in the TMT sector. Bidders are likely to come from American firms across the country, plus from Europe, Asia, and Canada.

Though a return to huge mega-mergers are not anticipated this year, given the continued uncertainty in the political environment, software companies are still heavily sought-after assets, with deal volume expected to gain new momentum.

Moreover, growing concern about cyberattacks led to...

By David H. Deans, 28 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Entertainment, Security.

Analysing the disruption in the worldwide mobile roaming sector

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Telecom network operator revenues from international mobile roaming are expected to experience an 11 percent decline in 2017, as service providers introduce ‘Roam Like at Home’ packages in key markets - including Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.

‘Roam Like at Home’ enables mobile users to utilise their monthly voice, data, and messaging allowance while roaming on other service provider networks, without incurring additional charges.

Implications for...

By David H. Deans, 25 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Networks, Operators.

Exploring the online payment fraud prevention market

The convenience and global reach made possible by online channels has led to the development of a broad set of digital eCommerce services. However, the accessibility of the Internet and the ability to commit fraud remotely creates an environment for cyber criminals to prosper.

Meanwhile, the potential attack surface for miscreants is enormous -- about 94 billion transactions were made for remote goods purchases in 2016, which is only a fraction of the total eCommerce landscape.

That said, advanced security...

By David H. Deans, 27 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, Mobile, Security.

Cisco Visual Networking Index: How digital transformation is fuelled by disruptive innovations

What is disruptive innovation, and why does it matter to leaders in the C-suite? It's how the savvy non-conformist will target market opportunities. How does this happen, when established companies seem to have the advantage? Creative software developers can quickly apply new technologies and digital business models to capture untapped demand.

Moreover, the most disruptive new companies will eventually reshape entire industries, swiftly pushing aside the legacy incumbent players - it's a form of Digital...

By David H. Deans, 14 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: M2M, Networks.

How Chinese smartphone vendors are gaining new market share

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 380 million units in the first quarter of 2017 -- that's a 9.1 percent increase over the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest market study by Gartner.

Gartner analysts believe that mobile phone buyers are spending a little more to get a much better device, resulting in the rise in average selling prices of smartphones across the globe.

The shift in buyer preference is positively affecting Chinese manufacturers - such as Huawei, Oppo and Vivo - in...

By David H. Deans, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Smartphones.

NFV revenue to reach $38 billion: Assessing the market development

Open source hardware and software projects continue to gain momentum in the global telecom sector. However, after a relatively slow start, the network function virtualization (NFV) market will experience growth through ongoing technology investments by major telecommunication service providers.

According to the latest worldwide market study by ABI Research, North America will lead global growth, accumulating $13 billion in NFV-related investments during 2022. Meanwhile, Europe will experience the highest...

By David H. Deans, 26 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Networks, NFV.

How IoT apps are being integrated with machine learning and blockchain for success

Internet of Things (IoT) market growth will accelerate in 2017, with the adoption of narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), according the the latest worldwide market study by Frost & Sullivan. This cellular technology uses licensed spectrum and offers a standardized low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) solution.

Furthermore, machine learning and blockchain technologies are being integrated with IoT capabilities to drive new demand in different industries - such as financial services or energy generation and...

By David H. Deans, 16 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Disruption, IoT.

How the Internet of Things will enhance residential security applications

Security system monitoring via the Internet is still a growth business. According to the latest market study by Berg Insight, the number of monitored security alarm systems in the European market is forecast to grow from 8.7 million subscribers in 2016, at a CAGR of 4 percent, to reach 10.6 million in 2021.

In North America, the total number of monitored security alarm systems is now forecast to grow at a CAGR of 2.9 percent from 32.1 million at the end of 2016 - eventually reaching 37.1 million at the end of...

By David H. Deans, 12 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Why Internet of Things apps are booming in the hospitality sector

The ecosystem for Internet of Things (IoT) applications in the B2B market continues to blossom, as more vendors develop new offerings. In a recent analysis of more than 500 companies and their IoT service capabilities, ABI Research found that both partner programs and their member companies are maturing, with 59 percent of listed organizations receiving a high grade.

This is nearly double the number of organizations that received a high maturity ranking when ABI Research first analyzed these IoT ecosystems in...

By David H. Deans, 11 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, IoT.

How public safety LTE network adoption is gaining momentum in 2017

Public safety 4G/5G LTE technology will reach the mainstream markets after 2020 as trials and deployments gain momentum across the world, according to the latest global market study by ABI Research. Hardware revenue is expected to grow by 30 percent annually, reaching $540 million in 2025.

The United States, UK, and South Korea markets will host the world’s first three operational public safety LTE wireless networks by the end of 2017 or early 2018. Many countries will likely follow, either through a...

By David H. Deans, 08 May 2017, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, IoT, LTE, Networks, Regulation.

How the digital growth pioneers continue to gain an advantage

Most chief executives are now focused on growth during 2017. New growth is the primary business priority for 58 percent of CEOs, according the latest market study by Gartner - note, that's up from 42 percent of CEOs in 2016. Moreover, product innovation and technology are gaining in significance.

"IT-related priorities, cited by 31 percent of respondents, have never been this high in the history of our CEO survey," said Mark Raskino, vice president at Gartner. "Almost...

By David H. Deans, 28 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Industry, Innovation.

Assessing the momentum of the IoT packaged solutions and services market

Nearly all segments of the Internet of Things (IoT) market recorded double-digit growth in the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16), driving an overall 19.3 percent year-to-year revenue gain to $8.2 billion, according to the latest study by Technology Business Research (TBR).

This market is still evolving. "We expect growth to continue apace as more customers undertake implementations due to the emergence of packaged use cases, standards are adopted and pricing models become more rationalized," said Daniel Callahan, analyst at

By David H. Deans, 24 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Infrastructure, IoT.

Why optical infrastructure revenue is set to reach $17.3 billion

The worldwide optical networking infrastructure market is predicted to grow from $13.6 billion in 2016 to $17.3 billion by 2021, according to the latest market study by ACG Research. Moreover, purchases of Optical Data Center Interconnect (DCI) equipment are expected to grow from $1.69 billion in 2016 to $4.3 billion in 2021. And, there's growth in all geographic regions.

In 2016, Metro optical increased 5.5 percent and Long-Haul delivered 10.5 percent growth. Asia-Pacific remains the largest optical...

By David H. Deans, 12 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, Research.

Why Industrial IoT applications are set to blossom in Asia-Pacific

The Internet of Things (IoT) and the manufacturing sector are destined to collide, as more companies with factories explore the benefits of new technologies. This year we're going to witness how forward-thinking manufacturers innovate and grow.

Though industrial manufacturers are somewhat slow in their adoption of cloud-based services and connecting their legacy systems to digital networks, the vision for a vast IoT market is finally starting to take shape.

Industrial manufacturing applications will generate more than $138...

By David H. Deans, 28 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, IoT.

Analysing the huge upside for the Internet of Things in the retail sector

The outlook for retailers have changed dramatically over the last few decades. This sector of the economy has shifted from a cash-driven, supply-driven industry to one that is very digitally-focused. The Internet has transformed retail. Where competition is most intense, innovation and market disruption are ongoing.

Retail markets are now potentially unlimited, where previously they may have been very locally focused. Meanwhile, consumer expectations have altered in response to online and mobile retail....

By David H. Deans, 22 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks.